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Shutdowns Have a Long and Not Glorious History

Since 1980, there have been 14 government shutdowns. Many were caused by the two parties not agreeing on what should be in the budget. In the past, they often ended up compromising since it was just about money. Now the Freedom Caucus wants to burn the house down. That is really different. It is hard to burn down half a house. Here is a brief rundown of shutdowns since 1980.

So as you can see, shutdowns have occurred regularly in the past. But they were often resolved within a few days when the two sides simply compromised. That seems unlikely now because the Freedom Caucus does not want compromise. It wants blood. (V)

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